The Fayetteville Public Library will host a book talk and signing with former University of Arkansas Track and Field Coach John McDonnell on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 pm in the Walker Community Room.
He'll also be at Hog Heaven in Bud Walton Arena Saturday, March 9 from 9 am to 10:30 am in conjunction with the NCAA Track Championships being hosted in Fayetteville. Both events are free and open to the public.
At the library, Coach McDonnell will discuss his new biography entitled, "John McDonnell: The Most Successful Coach in NCAA History."
The biography, coauthored by Andrew Maloney, tells the story of McDonnell's life and legacy, "from his childhood growing up on a farm in 1940s County Mayo, Ireland, to his own running career, to the beginnings of his life as a coach to all the great athletes he mentored along the way."
McDonnell Spent 36 years at the university, piling up 40 national championships- the most by any coach in any sport in NCAA history- and 83 conference championships including 34 consecutive cross-country championships from 1974 to 2008.
From 1984 to 1995, his Razorback teams won twelve consecutive NCAA Indoor Track Championships, the longest streak of national titles by any school in any sport in NCAA history.
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